Journal article

The 6-PACK programme to decrease fall-related injuries in acute hospitals: protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial

Anna Barker, Caroline Brand, Terry Haines, Keith Hill, Sandy Brauer, Damien Jolley, Mari Botti, Robert Cumming, Patricia M Livingston, Cathie Sherrington, Silva Zavarsek, Renata Morello, Jeannette Kamar

Injury Prevention | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2011

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: In-hospital fall-related injuries are a source of personal harm, preventable hospitalisation costs, and access block through increased length of stay. Despite increased fall prevention awareness and activity over the last decade, rates of reported fall-related fractures in hospitals appear not to have decreased. This cluster randomised controlled trial (RCT) aims to determine the efficacy of the 6-PACK programme for preventing fall-related injuries, and its generalisability to other acute hospitals. METHODS: 24 acute medical and surgical wards from six to eight hospitals throughout Australia will be recruited for the study. Wards will be matched by type and fall-related ..

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